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Japan says will not give in to 'terrorism' after IS kidnapping

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 16:07

[TOKYO] The Japanese government said on Tuesday it will not give in to "terrorism" after a video emerged in which Islamic militants threatened to kill two Japanese unless a US$200 million ransom was paid.

"Our country's stance - contributing to the fight against terrorism without giving in - remains unchanged," chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a news conference in Tokyo.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is on a tour of the Middle East and is expected to address the press around 0800 GMT, will cancel part of his visit, Suga said, although a summit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas would go ahead.

AFP